Helmsdale Hostel
Sutherland - Scottish Highlands

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Helmsdale is an ideal stopping off point on the A9 if you are travelling between Inverness (70 miles) and John o'Groats (52 miles). It is on the main Land's End to John o'Groats route which is popular with cyclists and walkers. The hostel is also convenient if you are travelling to Orkney.

Thurso 42 miles - Wick 35 miles - Tain 34 miles - Golspie 17 miles


Once a busy herring port, Helmsdale is situated on the shores of the Moray Firth. The village includes shops, bank, train station, a small harbour and the award-winning Timespan Visitor Centre (open daily Easter to October).
'The Emigrants' statue in Couper Park was commissioned by Clearances Centre Ltd to commemorate the Highland Clearances.
The Helmsdale Highland Games take place in August in Couper Park (tel: 01431 821666).
The Helmsdale Tackle Company Ltd shop in Dunrobin Street has all you could possibly need to go fishing. Tel: 01431 821372.

Nine miles west of Helmsdale is Kildonan Burn, the site of the Great Sutherland Gold Rush of 1869. Today you have more chance of finding fossils and gemstones on the shoreline than gold in the hills - but you can always try your luck! Gold panning on the Suisgill Estate is free but you must adhere to their rules. Equipment is available from the Strath Ullie Crafts & Visitor Information in Helmsdale.

Things to do in the area:

Dunrobin Castle
Dunrobin Castle


The hostel is situated on the corner of the A9 and Old Caithness Road (park in Rockview Place).
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Map Reference: OS 17 (GR 028155)

Arriving by bus:
Walk up the slope for 100 metres. The Hostel is after the old church on your left. (200 metres)
CityLink bus service

Arriving by train:
Cross over the old bridge, turn right along Dunrobin Street, then left up up Stafford Street. The Hostel is at the top of the slope on the left (half a mile).
Train timetables (the railway line runs from Inverness up through Golspie, Brora, Helmsdale and then on to Wick and Thurso).

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